TITLE

Wireless 911

PUB. DATE
June 2004
SOURCE
Technology Review;Jun2004, Vol. 107 Issue 5, p78
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This section presents an illustration showing how wireless carriers will be able to provide call centers with geographic coordinates, mobile-phone callback numbers and the locations of the towers or antennas receiving the calls of those calling the emergency telephone number, 911, which is a plan initiated by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in response to delays occurring with emergency calls made from mobile phones. According to the National Emergency Number Association, annually, above 50 million 911 calls are made from mobile phones in the country. But unlike 911 calls placed from traceable landlines, wireless calls allegedly do not provide emergency call center operators with location information, which is considered a shortcoming that can hold up emergency responders. Upon the time that mobile users place a call, the signal, which carries their voice and the mobile phone's callback number, is picked up by the closest tower or antenna. The tower or antenna allegedly directs the caller's voice, the phone number, and the tower's code to a mobile switching center. The switching center then simultaneously packages information about the call in three different ways and directs the packages to three locations.
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